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How To Create and Publish Blog Posts from Word 2013 or 2016

When it comes to blogging on Windows, Windows Live Writer is my first choice, but Word 2013 has a pretty good set up now, too. I’ve blogged from previous versions of Word in the past, but 2013 has a lot more features and is easier to use.

Update: This article was written using Word 2013, but the steps are the same in Office 2016.

Note: Since you can’t install desktop programs in Windows RT, this comes in handy if while you’re on the go with a Surface RT and want to get some blogging done. Remember Office 2013 Student & Home Edition comes free with a Surface RT tablet – which Microsoft dropped the price to $349.

Blog from Word 2013 or 2016

Open Word and go to File > New and if you want a template select the Blog template from the list.

Select Template

Next, when the template comes up, click the Create button.

Create Blog

Now you’ll get a wizard to work through that will allow you to get your current blog account set up. First, select your current provider. If you don’t have one yet, you can set one up on one of the offered providers.

blog setup Wizard

Enter your blog URL, username, and password, and select your picture options.

blog Setup continued

After you have everything set up, you can start your first post. Here’s an example of an article I started on about creating a blog in Word 2013. If you’re familiar with the new version of Word, you’ll find the interface and controls intuitive for creating a quality post.

Starting Blog Post

Inserting an image is easy, just place the cursor where you want the image to be and select Insert > Pictures. Note that here can also add SmartArt, charts, screenshots, symbols, and a lot more. This is perfect for getting your point across in a blog post.

Insert pictures and more

Then select the image you want to insert. Or, you can just drag and drop art into your post, too.

Insert Image

When you’re ready to publish your post for all the world to see, select the Blog Post tab and the Publish button or publish as a draft so you can tweak it on your CMS system like WordPress.

publish blog

If you’re using Word 2010, check out Austin’s article: How To Use Word 2010 as a Blog Editor.

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